THE TWENTIETH CENTURY by Hans Kohn

THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Sub-titled ""A Midway Account of the Western World"", this is a balance sheet of the last fifty years, an examination of ""the fundamental issues dominating the tensions and conflicts"". Hans Kohn, who is perhaps the outstanding historian-interpreter of our time, draws on an extraordinary background of many countries, many centuries, for this assimilation and clarification of these ""fundamental issues"", their germination, their fruition. Here are these concepts of our age; the new feeling of nationalism which was uhered in in 1848; the gospel of force- and its concomitant- terror; the dethronement of reason and the disregard of the individual; totalitarianism, in Germany and in Russia- ""the permanent mission""; imperialism, racialism; fascism; communism. And to offset these, the ""forces of reintegration and reaffirmation"", democracy, cooperation, federalism- with America at the helm.... A brilliant book, in its analysis and interrelationship of the major issues and ideologies of this century, this will reach an accumulative rather than immediate market- as did his The Idea of Nationalism.

Publisher: Macmillan